Latvia And Estonia Recall Their Ambassadors From Belarus For Consultations

Latvian Ambassador Einars Semanis and Estonian Ambassador Merike Kokayev have been recalled from Belarus to their capitals for consultations. They will leave Minsk in the coming days, TUT.BY reports.

Earlier, the ambassadors of Poland, Lithuania and Germany left Belarus.

Recall that the diplomatic scandal between Belarus and the EU countries erupted after the Belarusian Foreign Ministry demanded the embassies of Poland and Lithuania to reduce the number of diplomats working in Belarus. Besides, the Foreign Ministry suggested Warsaw and Vilnius to recall their ambassadors in Belarus for consultations.

Lithuania and Poland initially refused to recall the ambassadors, but on 5 October, both ambassadors left for their capitals. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said that “we’ve made a joint decision to recall for consultations some of the ambassadors accredited to Belarus. On 6 October, the German ambassador also left Minsk.

Head of the European Union’s Delegation to Belarus Dirk Schuebel remains in the Belarusian capital for now. The Delegation stated that the EU stands united in its position on the situation in Belarus.

“Such attempts to target individual Member States will not succeed in weakening our unity. All EU Member States call on the Belarusian authorities to end violence and repression, release all detained peaceful protesters and political prisoners, respect media freedom and civil society, and start an inclusive national dialogue with a view to ensure an sovereign, independent, democratic and prosperous future of Belarus,” the statement by the EU Delegation reads.